Follow along as USC announces its 2020 recruiting class during the first day of the early signing period.
The Trojans are on the board with a pair of Texas tackles in Casey Collier (Mont Belvieu, Texas/Barbers Hills) and Courtland Ford (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill). Both were fairly late targets for the Trojans and both check in as massive prospects. Collier is 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, while Ford is 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds. They should be part of a big group of offensive linemen announced by USC today.
OT Casey Collier
OT Courtland Ford
A couple of USC defensive targets are officially signed with other programs. Five-star cornerback Elias Ricks (Bradenton, Fla./IMG) looked like a must-get for USC early in this cycle as a Mater Dei standout, but he transferred to IMG and committed early to LSU. He locked in with LSU early this morning. USC took a run at four-star defensive back Jordan Morant (Oradell, NJ/Bergen Catholic), getting an official visit from him for the UCLA game, but the Trojans couldn’t flip him from Michigan.
K Parker Lewis
USC special teams are on the board, as kicker Parker Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) has signed. Lewis committed all the way back in August of 2018, so he’s the longest-tenured USC commit in this class, and he’s another big kicker, at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds.
Offensive tackle Andrew Milek (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) is officially signed. Milek was part of a group of offensive linemen to impress USC coaches enough during camp this past spring to earn an offer. He’s another sizable addition in this group of offensive linemen, at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds.
OT Andrew Milek
USC adds an interior defensive lineman, as defensive tackle Kobe Pepe (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) joins the class. Pepe is a 6-foot-1, 294-pound lineman who played for the California state champions this year. He’ll be an important piece to develop along the defensive line, as the Trojans will lose standout tackles Jay Tufele, Marlon Tuipulotu and Brandon Pili in the coming years.
DT Kobe Pepe
USC loaded up on wide receivers in the 2019 class, but they’ll likely add a few more in 2020. The first one in is local standout Joshua Jackson (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), a 6-foot-1, 180-pound playmaker who will fit right in with those young, dynamic receivers.
WR Joshua Jackson
USC landed its first new commitment of the day, as defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu (Lawndale, Calif./Lawndale) signs with the Trojans. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive lineman is the younger brother of USC’s Marlon Tuipulotu. He’s a three-star prospect, but held offers from Cal, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Utah, among others. Tuipulotu is now the second-highest ranked recruit in the class, behind Jackson.
DE Tuli Tuipulotu
Another signing, another big offensive lineman. This one is 6-foot-5, 285-pound Caadyn Stephen (Camas, Wash./Camas). He’s the fourth of an expected six offensive linemen to be announced by the Trojans in this class.
OT Caadyn Stephen
Defensive end target Regen Terry (Florence, Ariz./Florence) follows through with his Arizona commitment and signs with the Wildcats. Terry picked up an offer from USC late in the process and was one of the Trojans’ official visitors this past weekend.
Linebacker target Jordan Banks (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) gave USC a look, but never backed away from his Arizona State pledge and signed with the Sun Devils.
Another big offensive lineman added to the class, as 6-foot-7, 295-pound Andres Dewerk (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) officially signs.
OT Andres Dewerk
The defensive line gets its third signee of the day, as defensive tackle Jamar Sekona (Greenbrae, Calif./Marin Catholic) is announced. At 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Sekona is another big addition to the interior of the defensive line.
DT Jamar Sekona
The biggest name of the committed prospects is officially signed, as USC’s lone four-star prospect, offensive lineman Jonah Monheim (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark) is in. Monheim has some positional versatility, like several offensive line prospects, and the ability to potentially play early. That makes six offensive linemen signed by USC today, adding some big bodies (Monheim is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds) to a big position of need. USC signed just four high school offensive linemen in the past two recruiting classes combined.
OL Jonah Monheim
The Trojans missed out on two quarterback targets, as Jayden de Laura (Honolulu/St. Louis) stuck with his Washington State commitment despite getting a late USC offer. The Trojans also went after local quarterback C.J. Stroud (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), but he became the second high-profile quarterback to sign with Ohio State in this class, joining Jack Miller (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral).
USC misses on five-star linebacker Justin Flowe (Upland, Calif./Upland), who chooses Oregon. This was the one guy on the board who could have altered the narrative of the USC recruiting class today. Now, USC will not only have him on campus for the next few years, they’ll likely have to watch him turn into a star at Oregon. This marks the second year in a row that Oregon signed the No. 1 prospect in the state of California, as Flowe joins defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux from the 2019 class. And with Flowe’s announcement, USC’s hopes to sign even a single top-25 prospect in the state of California likely rests on the shoulders of wide receiver Gary Bryant (Corona, Calif./Centennial), the state’s No. 7 prospect.
USC head coach Clay Helton said at his signing day press conference that of the 11 players announced today, three will be spring enrollees: Joshua Jackson, Parker Lewis and Kobe Pepe. Helton compared Jackson to former USC wide receiver Robert Woods and called Lewis the best kicker in the country.
Helton said they didn’t hit 100% today, but they were focused on adding big men (300-pounders) and were successful there. As for not signing any of the top-25 prospects in California to this point, Helton said it was about need, and praises their ability to go outside the state for offensive linemen.
Helton wouldn’t give an ultimate number of signees in the 2020 class, but clearly expects to make additional announcements. He mentioned that a number of prospects remain unsigned and will wait until the February signing period, and others plan to make announcements during the January All-Star games. He mentioned that some skill position additions could come there.